Spam Skyrockets 59% September to November; 91% of All Email is Now Spam

Postini, a provider of on-demand Integrated Message Management services making electronic communications like email, instant messaging (IM) and the web more compliant, productive, secure and reliable.  processed nearly 70 billion email connections from September to November, 

Spam jumped 59% between September and November among the 70 billion email messages processes by Postini,  a provider of on-demand Integrated Message Management services like email and instant messaging (IM). 

Postini's current data also shows that 1 in 174 messages are virus infected.

Unwanted email is currently 91% of all email, and over the past 12 months the daily volume of spam rose by 120%.  Postini also saw a dramatic increase in overall email traffic with 10 billion more connections in October than in September.

Worse still, image spam and MS Office document spam now make up as much as 30% of all junk messages, up from 2% in 2005. 

In October 2006, the global ratio of spam in email traffic from new and unknown bad sources, for which the recipient addresses were deemed valid, was 72.9% (1 in 1.37 emails), an increase of 8.5% from the previous month, according to MessageLabs Intelligence monthly report.

  • Spam – 72.9% in October (an increase of 8.5% since September)
  • Viruses – One in 100.3 emails in October contained malware (a decrease of 0.12% since September)
  • Phishing – One in 190 emails comprised a phishing attack (a decrease of 0.06% since September)

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